Dance, film, choreography, intermedial composition.
Field of Research (FoR)
Dr. Erin Brannigan is a Senior Lecturer in Dance in the School of English, Media and Performing Arts and works in the fields of dance and film as an academic and curator. Her current research explores the condition of dance within the broader field of the contemporary arts through its relationship with other art forms in intermedial practices. Generated by specific works of art, studies cover dance and the contemporary arts; 'gesture' as a...view more
Dr. Erin Brannigan is a Senior Lecturer in Dance in the School of English, Media and Performing Arts and works in the fields of dance and film as an academic and curator. Her current research explores the condition of dance within the broader field of the contemporary arts through its relationship with other art forms in intermedial practices. Generated by specific works of art, studies cover dance and the contemporary arts; 'gesture' as a cross-disciplinary framing concept; interdisciplinary compositional strategies of the historic and contemporary avant-garde; minimalism as a creative site of disciplinary assertion; and experiment as the substance of experience.
She was the founding Director of ReelDance (since 1999) and has curated dance screen programs and exhibitions for Sydney Festival 2008, Melbourne International Arts Festival 2003 and international dance screen festivals.
Erin wrote on dance for the Australian arts newspaper, RealTime 1997-2019. Publications include; Moving Across Disciplines: Dance in the Twenty-First Century (Sydney: Currency House, 2010), Dancefilm: Choreography and the Moving Image (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011) and Bodies of Thought: 12 Australian Choreographers, (Kent Town, SA; Wakefield Press, 2014). She has published articles in Performance Philosophy, Dance Research Journal, The International Journal of Screendance, Senses of Cinema, Performance Paradigm, Runway, Broadsheet, Writings on Dance, Choreologia (Japan), Oxford Encyclopaedia of Aesthetics (2nd Ed.), Brolga and International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media.
Curatorial Website: http://cargocollective.com/Erinbrannigan/About-Erin-Brannigan
- SAM GRANT 2018 ($1800)
- SAM GRANT Seed Research Grant, 2017 ($1000)
- Collaborative Research Scheme 2016 with Dr. Theron Schmidt for ‘Pragmatics : Practice : Praxis,’ Faculty of the Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW ($5000)
- Seed Funding 2017 ‘Pragmatics : Practice : Praxis,’ with Dr. Barbara Formis, Prof. Oliver Feltham, and Dr. Theron Schmidt, Performance Philosophy International. ($1000)
- Distinguished Visiting Scholar 2016 (rolled over to 2017) for Dr. Barbara Formis (Sorbonne), Faculty of the Arts and Social Sciences. ($5000)
- UNSW Learning and Teaching Innovation Grant, ‘New Paradigms for Performance Pedagogies,’ with Dr. Bryoni Trezise, 2015. ($28 000)
- ARC Grant, 2013-2015 for The Experimental Humanities with Assoc. Prof Edward Scheer and Professor Stephen Muecke ($210, 000)
- SAM GRANT 2012 Dance and Interdisciplinary Composition. ($2800)
- UNSW Goldstar Grant 2011 for The Experimental Humanities with Assoc. Prof Edward Scheer and Professor Stephen Muecke ($30 000).
- EMPA ERG Publication Subsidy for 12 Australian Choreographers, 2011 ($2800)
- Australia Council Artform Development Grant for 12 Australian Choreographers, 2011, auspiced by RealTime ($15 000)
- Australia Council out-of-round funding for 12 Australian Choreographers, 2010, auspiced by RealTime ($10 000).
- Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ECR Research Grant 2010 for 12 Australian Choreographers ($5000)
- Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Research Grant 2010 for Gesture-Dance ($5000)
- Australian Academy of the Humanities Publication Subsidy 2010 for Dancefilm: Choreography and the Moving Image ($2500)
- Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Publication Subsidy 2009 for Dancefilm: Choreography and the Moving Image ($2500)
- FOR REELDANCE:
- Australia Council, funding for ReelDance Festival as an Emerging Key Organisation, 2009-2011 ($200 000 per annum)
- British Council for ReelDance Festival 2008 ($20500)
- Australia Council International Market Development Strategies Funding 2008 ($35000)
- Australia Council, funding for ReelDance Festival and associated events 2000-2008 ($30-40 000 per grant)
- NSW Ministry for the Arts, funding for ReelDance Festival and associated events 2000-2007 ($30-40 000 per grant)
- Australian Film Commission funding for ReelDance Festival and associated events 2000-2008 ($5-7000)
- NSWFTO and other state film funding bodies 2000-2008 ($2000-$7000)
- Dance Board and Audience and Market Development Division of the Australia Council out of round travel grant to attend Brighton Dance Screen 2005 ($5000)
- Australia-Indonesia Institute (AII) to attend dan(E)motion, dance on screen festival Jakarta 2005 as guest speaker and judge ($2000)
- Dance Board and Audience and Market Development Division of the Australia Council out of round travel grant to attend Monaco Dance Forum (MDF) 2004 ($5000)
- NSW Ministry for the Arts International Program Grant and Audience and Market Development Division of the Australia Council out of round travel grant for travel to Monaco Dance Forum/IMZ Dance Screen 2002 ($4000)
- Postgraduate Research Travel Grant, UNSW, 1999 ($3000)
- APA scholarship for PhD Candidature, 1998-2002
BAHons Sydney University
My Research Activities
Erin was part of an ARC DP13 team, The Experimental Humanities (2013-2016), with Professor Stephen Muecke, and Professor Edward Scheer. Her current research project, Precarious Movements: Dance and the Gallery, involves academic, professional and creative research associates nationally and internationally. New Paradigms for Performance Pedagogies is a research project in partnership with Dr. Bryoni Trezise, and she has co-founded a School Research Cell in 2015, Intermedial Composition, with creative writing colleague, Dr. Stephanie Bishop, both with internal funding from UNSW. Erin also facilitates a research group, Writing Dancing, involving artists, students and academics. She is on the editorial board of The International Journal of Screendance and is a member of the research team Espas (Esthétique de la Performance et Arts du Spectacle) within A.C.T.E. (Arts Créations Théories Esthétiques) at the Sorbonne, Paris.
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
Contemporary dance practices and theory, choreography and intermedial practices, performance archives, arts reviewing, choreography, film studies, artists writing, intermedial composition, experimental arts practices and the historic avant-garde, improvisation, mind-body practices, dance philosophy, visual arts theory
Nalina Wait, Western improvised dance practices: pedagogies and philosophy
Lizzie Thomson, Sensation versus Sensationalism: Modest Acts of Resistance in Choreographic Practice
Lisa Synnott, Choreography, Collaboration and Intellectual Property
My research has interfaced with the arts industry since my first monograph, Dancefilm, which grew out of a festival I directed that toured Australia and New Zealand 2000-2008. My current research project Precarious Movements involves several art museums and artists, and my archival and curatorial work supports local dance artists. I also host artist panels regularly for Carriageworks. My teaching areas also articulate to industry; I run the performing arts internships in SAM, and teach Reviewing the Arts and work with local venues and press outlets to produce published student reviews. Theatre and Performance Studies capstone course Program and Repertoire, which I've taught for 4 years, is out industry facing course and has guest lectures from key staff at Sydney Opera House, Griffin Theatre, Sydney Film Festival, Carriageworks, as well as dance and performance artists.
Lecturer in Theatre and Performance and Dance Studies; Reviewing the Arts, Performing Arts Internships, Choreography, Performance and the Visual Arts, Musicals, Dance and Popular Culture, Program and Repertoire